Monday, November 6, 2017

Reader Question: Suggestions for Winter Vacation Sleigh Ride?

Sleigh Ride, 1984.  Photo by Salt Water New England.
A Reader Question for the Community:
I am trying to find a location to take my bride of 38 years for a winter vacation.  She is from Illinois and moved here to the Deep South when we got married.  She wants to take a sleigh ride in the snow!  No skiing... getting to old for that, but if a ski resort is a good place, we’ll go there!  Any suggestions on a place? 

18 comments:

  1. Château Montebello, Québec !

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  2. The Inn at Grafton used to offer horse drawn sleigh rides, when they had snow.

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    1. I live in Grafton and haven't seen a horse drawn sleigh in a while, but the Common sure is a beautiful spot!

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  3. Quite awhile since I was there, but the Intervale/Jackson/North Conway NH area is beautiful, and I recall brochures for sleigh rides.

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  4. For sleigh rides, and a beautiful town filled with winter activities for all, no place compares to Woodstock, VT.

    MGC

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  5. Shelburne Museum in Shelburne VT...of course if there is snow.

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  6. If you plan a Northwest trek for the holidays, Leavenworth, WA is a tradition in the region with an unusual blend of Western and Bavarian styles. http://leavenworth.org/experience/sleigh-rides/

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  7. I've been on two sleigh rides - one in Kennebunkport and one in Breckenridge, CO. Loved them both, but the one in Colorado had much more snow! :-)

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  8. I have been on dinner sleigh rides in Steamboat, CO. Not New England but likely more dependable snow. Really fun ride in a horse drawn sleigh, campfire steak dinner, and music by a handsome cowboy. I see there are now several options. See attached link. https://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/activities/sleigh-ride-dinners

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  9. My grandparents always attended midnight mass by horse drawn sleigh. So lovely and such a delightful tradition.

    The best sleigh ride I have taken was in Jackson, Wyoming. Not in our neck of the woods, but a ride around the square is cowboy fun!

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  10. Another vote for North Conway-Jackson, New Hampshire. There are sleigh rides offered in Jackson, and maybe Intervale. The inn you stay at will know, and will help you book. Great pubs, restaurants, winter sports, and shopping in the area. Snow may be an issue, but not likely. Over a few decades of winter trips to the North Country, I've seen only a few snowless winters. So, that's possible, but not probable. (And certainly not predictable. I remember 'forecasters' were predicting record snows when not a flake fell. Mountain weather is still very difficult to predict.) Mid-January almost always has snow, and sometimes you can catch a January thaw, which, to me, is the best of all!

    Aiken

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  11. Norway, especially in the Artic circle. The Northern Lights are worth the trip alone. Tromso would be an option. Norway can be an expensive country to visit, especially if you are drinking alcohol. A large beer is around $15 in a bar or restaurant!

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  12. I lived in Stowe, Vermont for ten years and always heard that Trapp's was the best place for a horse drawn sleigh ride. Miles and miles of trails. You could book a place at their inn and never have to leave (or ski!).

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  13. Blithewold in Bristol, RI! https://www.blithewold.org/event-categories/christmas/

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  14. The Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH does sleigh rides mid-December to snow melt. In Jackson, NH, they are offered at Nestlenook. Both are amazing. Both offer day time and evening rides. Bretton Woods and Jackson are about 1/2 from each other, so you could stay in Jackson for the village atmosphere and drive over to Bretton Woods.

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    1. And if you are in this area, be sure to check out the Notchlands Inn in Crawford Notch (roughly mid-way between Jackson and Bretton Woods). A gem of a place to stay. And, a great place for dinner (even if you aren't an Inn guest). Run by two former Wall St types who decided decades ago to leave the rat race to the rats. Highly recommended.

      Aiken

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  15. This was sent by the author of the question:

    "Just wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate their help. Now the fun begins to figure out the place to go.

    Thanks for your help! "

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    1. We would like a trip report from the OP. And, have a great time!

      Aiken

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